The Nigeria national basketball team, D’Tigers defeated Uganda 91-72 in the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifier.
Sacramento Kings star Chimezie Metu was the star of the team recording 25 points and 10 rebounds to inspire D’Tigers to victory.
D’Tigers were awarded a 20-0 victory Mali on Saturday, July 2 and were well rested for the game against Uganda.
Uganda on the other hand suffered an 87-78 loss to Cape Verde the previous day.
After losing 79-70 to Cape Verde in game 4 of the qualification campaign, D’Tigers aimed to bounce back against Mali.
Mali on the other hand did not show up for their game against Uganda.
D’Tigers took the first quarter 20-13 with a seven point advantage and the second quarter 29-18.
The Team had an 18 point lead at the halftime break. Uganda were better to start the second half as the third quarter ended 24-24.
D’Tigers end the first qualification stage with four victories and two losses.
D’Tigers advance to the second stage of the qualification campaign with NBA stars such as Milwaukee’s Jordan Nwora, Toronto’s Precious Achiuwa expected to return to the team